semicircle

Part of speech: noun

An instrument for measuring angles.

Part of speech: adjective

Semicircular.

Part of speech: noun

A half- circle.

Part of speech: noun

Any semicircular structure.

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Usage examples "semicircle":

  1. The blazing fire shone out upon a semicircle of people representing just those elements of mingled intimacy and novelty which go to make conversation. - "Lady Rose's Daughter", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  2. At the end of about two feet on either side of the centre the moulding forming these curves is bent sharply down for a few inches to a point, and is then united to the jambs by a curve rather longer than a semicircle. - "Portuguese Architecture", Walter Crum Watson.
  3. As they drew nearer to the camp, the roll of musketry was heard, for the enemy had brought up a force of 5000 men from New Orleans, thinking to overwhelm the solitary 1st Brigade in the dark, and had unexpectedly opened a semicircle of fire upon it. - "The History of the First West India Regiment", A. B. Ellis.